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? how much can you use him? >> president clinton has been an enormous ally for us and asset. two weekends back he was coming in the next day in pennsylvania, and colorado, and people remember that he was a president that came in when the economy was tough, and by the end of his eight years the economy was going well. remember, he and president reagan both in their first mid terms had approval ratings that were sim to where president obama's are right now, but president clinton did so many things to get that economy that was challenged climbing again, and i know president obama looks at his job and feels like it's basically the feel job, take an anemic economy and have it grow stronger, and deal with the deficits over the course of his presidency. there is much to emlate. the good news is, we had a wake-up call earlier in the year. none of the candidates have been running complacently. they have been running scared. for as much concerns people have about the democrats, look at the republican approval rating in the polls. this is not a popular republican party right now. >> some ma
. there you go. >>> welcome to "morning joe." great to have you with us. what a day in norm city yesterday. we actually had breakfast with ahmadinejad. you had lunch with warren buffett. i thought it was a bit in politic for you to ask him to come on "morning joe." tell people, you get warren buffett. you're at lunch and what do you say to him? >> he would be more than willing to carve out a three or four-minute segment once a week to just do stock tips. buffett's picks. >> what are you looking at? he's a hungry kid. >> you had breakfast with ahmadinejad. you had lunch with buffett. >> well, he was at the next table. i didn't have lunch with him. >> i had chicken tenders with my daughter. she's three. >> you're better than us, willie. >> that's like every time i'm going around with mika at speeches and she's giving stories. and then we -- i saw yasir arafat and stalin and churchill. >> is that your mika? >> that's all i got. >> your dad ran u.s. foreign policy. my dad ran a little league team in meridian, mississippi. it's fine. willie is snuggaling up to the chicken tenders. >> it's got to be
out and shall enjoy covering very much. joining us for this big primary night is chris matthews, host of "hardball." and lawrence o'donnell. the host of the soon to debut last word with lawrence o'donnell. thanks. i really appreciate it. let me ask you this. you think no question the republican party finds a by to fall in love with her and get behind her? >> they have to. i already saw a letter from the senate republican campaign committee. they've already gotten excited about her. they are going to do what they have to do. i think you pointed out rather correctly, you notice the fact that the defeated republican candidate didn't endorse her tonight. so that bit of fence mending has yet to be done and it may not be done. i would have been shocked if she had gotten 40% tonight. up until late today, in fact, well into the evening, the establishment types from delaware were saying, this isn't going to happen. this is a shattering upset. there is no doubt about it. nobody expected it. they were talking 60% for castle late this afternoon. they assumed they had her well in hand. and look wh
of republican presidential nominee john mccain, will be joining us live here in studio this hour. we arl very, very much looking forward to that on the interview tonight. it is all ahead. >>> but we begin with what is known in american politics as a soft target. >> think about what happens if we don't pass this bill. thinking about what happens to your friends, your neighbors, your contact i ask all of you. what is in the best interest of our country? not what is in the best interest of our party, not what is in the best interest of our own re-election. what is in theรง best interest our country? vote yes. >> that was the top republican in the house john boehner getting emotional, getting choked up while speaking on the house floor. keep that in mind as you watch this. the newly unveiled first campaign ad of the season from the national republican congressional committee is an ad that targets a democratic congressman named joe donnelly from indiana. it appears to be their template ad so you should watch what they're attacking the democrat here for. >> joe donnelly claims he is independent. b
>> did mika say be there or be square? >> she did. >> thanks for being with us. if you are in delaware, vote carefully. >> it's "morning joe" right now it's the "daily rundown." >> it this morning as delaware goes so goes republican hopes for taking the senate. we're live on the ground in the most watched race of the day. plus, just what is it the republican position on tax cuts? the "daily rundown" interview with mitch mcconnell. we'll ask him about his dispute with john boehner and after a year in an iranian prison, sharh shourd is released. good morning. it's tuesday, september 14th, 2010. 49 days until the midterm elections. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm chuck todd. we'll start in tehran with the developing story. sarah shourd was released from iranian custody. not quite free filling out paperwork. andrea mitchell broke the story and she has the latest on the ground in tehran. andrea, take it away. >> reporter: well, chuck and savannah, this is obviously emotional. it's an up and down crazy kind of story. sarah shourd has been released. the iranian government announc
. her previous campaign manager has come out and said she just used the campaign money to pay her own rent which is not legal use of campaign money. i think she will try to just brush that story aside as the typical cross fire that any politician gets into, and try to find her way to the middle on some of these policy questions. >> but in 49 days, how much nondamage can she do to herself when as rachel maddow showed these tapes from mtv, there are tapes in which a candidate for senate for the use, which is what she is now, is discussing openly how people shouldn't masturbate? that would seem to be a difficult sell even in delaware. >> she's going to say it's 14 years ago and she is going to try to not get into repeating those specifics that she got into on that tape. and try to say something that sounds, indicate religiously high minded. that is kind of general. and saying no one should press me on these issues. she may take what she took into a punish you've and now try to play it as a personal issue that should not be questioned. >>> >> 30 seconds, it's a speight impression. does sh
much in new mexico for us. >>> to one of the stories we're following all this week. one of the critical issues facing the public education today. the growing number of students who quit school even before graduating. a child drops out of school every 11 seconds. that's right. five kids will drop out of school in the united states before we finish reading this guest introduction. a quarter of u.s. students do not graduate from high schools. the class of 2009 dropouts will cost the united states $335 billion in lost wages, taxes and productivit productivity. today on msnbc, two of the most outspoken foot soldiers on education colin powell and his wife talk about the crisis. listen. >> 70% of the youngsters in the cohea coert will not be accepted into the army because they don't have a high school education or even with a high school education, they can't pass our basic, entry-level exam. >> no one entity can take care of all of these needs. it takes all of us saying it takes a village. it takes a village, it takes a community. >> joining us as part of our education nation coverage. execut
especially against the homeland. senator joe lieberman joins us now. senator, thanks so much. what is the level of threat to the homeland as it was described by janet napolitano? what are your concerns and how well do you think they're doing to guard against it? >> right, good to be with you again. >> you, too. >> this was our third annual hearing on the evolving nature of the terrorist threat o our homeland, and what we're doing about it and we look back at the year past, it's clear from all the information we have that the pace of attacks against our homeland has increased that more of the attacks are coming from organizations that are loosely connected to al qaeda but are not al qaeda and that more and more american citizens are part of those attacks, so that the war with the islamic extremists and terrorists that is global is being brought by our enemy much more here at home and it's a warning to the american people, i'd say the agencies before us, homeland security, fbi, national counterterrorism center, and all of the people who work for them are doing an extraordinarily good
of the politico. thanks so much. go statesman. that's "hardball." thanks for being with us. right notice time for "the ed show" with ed schultz. >>> good evening, americans and welcome to "the ed show." tonight, live from minneapolis, these stories on the table and hit my hot buttons at this hour. how about this, glenn beck's got a crush on republican governor chris christie, when christie's not bullying teachers he's trying to bully voters. i'll talk to a voter who sparred with christie in just a moment. >>> and speaking of beck, he's the one saying, violence is going to be coming from the left? well, a male sharron angle supporter tea partier reportedly punched a female harry reid supporter during a candidate forum last night. oh, yeah! radio talk show host heidi harris was there, and we'll get that story and get some rapid fire response. >>> and tea partier christine o'donnell, ben quail and demon sheep have one thing in common. details coming up in "the playbook" tonight and the congress's just done something really big in dealing with manipulation occurrencewe china. we'll have that stor
>>> tensions running high in europe right now over fears of a possible tror attack and is the u.s. at risk, too? >>> plus, a super soaker. tropical depression number 16 dwumping on a ton of rain on florida right now and then expected to head right up the east coast. >>> bristol palin's ex meets our own lawrence o'donnell. this one you want to see, believe me. >>> good wednesday morning, i'm chris jansing. live from msnbc world headquarters in new york. well, with the potential republican takeover of congress breathing down his neck, a newly energized and clearly fired up president obama is back on the road and he's got an awful lot at stake. this is the barack obama that fired up an electorate and took the white house. >> the prediction among the pundits is, this is going to be a blood letting for democrats. that's what they're saying in washington. we can't let this country fall backwards because the rest of us didn't care enough to fight. the stakes are too high for our country and for your future and i'm going to get throughout and fight as hard as i can and i know you are, too
when such service is extremely perilous. that's "hardball" for now thanks for being with us. right now it is time for "the ed show" with ed schultz. >>> good evening, americans and welcome to "the ed show" tonight, from new york. these stories on the table and hit my hot button that is hour. i'm on fire that conservatives have taken their warped hatred of president obama into public schools in this country. parents are shielding kids from watching the president's back-to-school message. can you believe it? what a low point for this country. my commentary on that. plus, reaction from reverend al sharpton and katrina vanden heuvel of the nation. >>> america's mayor ber narrow is showing democrats basically how to get it done. his opponent was too much of a weenie to debate him in michigan, so he took matters into his own hands and crashed the town hall. we got the story for you. >>> and the professor of paranoia, glenn beck, is warning his viewers with a prediction of liberal violence, led by president obama. i will show you some unbelievable tape of the battleground story tonight. and t
, not a run. i'm not getting on the train to da if there's running. >> there will be no running from us. we got a golf cart. i got, like, those tony soprano sweats, velour and we'll be smoking. we're in new york, we have msnbc and "time" magazine analyst laura halprin. chris jansing and in washington, d.c., nbc political analyst pat buchanan. i don't know if pat is lathered up by what happened last night. pat, we'll get to you in a minute. i was awakened though in the middle of the night by a three-alarm -- not tweet, a three-alarm column by mark halprin, framing last night in opinion pox lip tick terms for the republican party. >> so apocalyptic. republicans were taking a senate seat, there was a building block to get back to the senate majority. it's gone barring some truly unforeseeable development. absolute binary switch. republicans now almost impossible to come up with a way they get the ten-seat majority. in the longer term it shows the republican party has a huge problem. they've benefit friday the tea party movement so far. they'll benefit in november but maybe having a huge, huge
are not anti-wall zreet or business. >> what has made us successful over the long term is we have the most dynamic free market economy in the world. government can't create the majority of jobs. in fact, we want to get out of the way of folks who have a great idea and want to run with it. >> john harwood moderated the town hall, which will reair right here on msnbc. a lot of ground was covered in an hour's worth of time. explain to us the main points the president was trying to drive home. >> well, i think it's the balancing act, thomas, that you identified a few moments ago. he's got to reassure business, which has a lot of cash on their balance sheets that's not being invested that could be a key to growth that they should have confidence in him. they should not see him has somebody attacking him. he has to convince ordinary people he's not too pro business. we had a poll that said most people think he's helping investment banks and large wall street institutions rather than him. it's not easy for him. he kept to his stance on tax cuts. we have a debate on whether the bush tax cuts shoul
. what did you learn? >> i learned that we have his bat for the cure. and it is good to have you with us. i learned that next thursday we are recruiting people on the show. i got ed rendell, the axelrods, the bipartisan health challenge on the mall. we'll get people moving. we can agree on that, right, joe? >> byob, bring your own big bat. >> it is time for "the daily rundown". >>> the white house shakeup. if rahm runs for chicago mayor, who gets his job? >>> small church, big controversy. the attorney general calls the planned koran burning idiotic and dangerous, but the florida church's pastor remains defiant. >>> and surrender dorothy. the bedbugs have invaded kansas. savannah, they are everywhere now. it is wednesday, september 8th, 2010. i'm chuck todd. >> good morning, i'm savannah guthrie. they are mostly in new york where you are right now, just saying. we are about 55 days until election day. we'll get right to the rundown. we are going to start with the president who is taking a new sales pitch on the economy on the road today to cleveland. three new ideas and a line in the san
with washington. let us not forget that the tea party stands for taxed enough already. i think people are very upset with the size of government and they're upset with the spending going on and upset with the direction that the country is heading in. >> the republicans didn't recognize that. it didn't take, you know a political genius to figure out that people were mad as hell and weren't going to take it any more. >> yes, ychris, i do. the republican establishment in washington, yes, i do believe they were taken off stream and i think a lot of the leaders here very comfortable in washington and don't get back to their districts as much and don't travel around the country as much. i've heard, i've seen it and it's not a shock to me. it's a shock to a lot of the people in the building behind me. >> do you feel like you were delivered this huge gift? >> i am not going to count any chickens before they're hatched because i learned a dramatic lesson during the presidential primary in 2008 the voters will have their say and all the predictions can kind of get thrown out the window. ron is doing a v
the u.s. military as it gave control officially to iraqis and stepped back into the supporting role. but biden told "today" show's matt lauer it doesn't mean the u.s. forces are now out of the fight. >> we still have 50,000 troops in place who can shoot straight, who are totally capable of combat if that became necessary in the interim. >> well, the president is now making a quick pivot to the next foreign policy challenge. it is a big one. posting the first big face to face talks between israeli and palestinian leaders in two years. mike baa caro is joining us here with the latest. >> reporter: peace between the israelis and arabs is a goal that has frustrated the presidents since 1947, but this is the scene of one in 1979 where jimmy carter and anwar sat here on the front of the white house lawn. and today george mitchell is telling reporters that there's a window of opportunity now for a two-state solution between the israelis and the palestinians. the first direct talks in almost two years. the first thing on the table is some short-term business. that settlement moratorium on t
of us here at nbc news. thanks for joining us. >>> nine years later, the nation marks the anniveary of the 9/11 attacks. but could two brewing controversies overshadow this year's events? >>> a new twist in the saga of that florida preacher o the man who says he may burn korans today is now in new york. what is he doing here? >>> more stories out this morning from people who lived to tell about that massive fire near san francisco. >>> some rays of light. new numbers suggest the economy may not be as bad as people think, but where are the jobs? >>> good morning, everyone, i'm alex whit and welcome to "msnbc saturday." and today marks nine years since the september 11th terror attacks and hundreds will gather at memorials this morning for those who lost their lives that day. special services will be held at the three sites where hijacked planes crashed in new york, washington, and pennsylvania. ut along with this year's events, there's also controversy. nbc's michelle franzen is live near the world trade center site in newth york city. michelle, with a good saturday morning to you. w
and preserve them to be used in god's appropriate context. we need to address sexuality with young people. and masturbation is part of sexuality, but it is important to discuss this from a moral point of view. >> masturbation is a selfish act. it's a lustful one, and we are to walk with pure hearts, not adulterous lusting hearts. >> the bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery. so you can't masturbate without lust. >> that was christine o'donnell's job before getting into politics full-time. she was the president and founder of an organization called the salt. which when it wasn't busy warning kids not to get busy with themselves, it was trying to convince gay people that they can be cured of the gay. this is now the republican nominee for senate in the great state of delaware. this is who republicans now spent the day today lining up behind and sending money to. the thing about christine o'donnell that is so interesting about her as a politico, aside from some of her incredibly interesting views, is that even though she has been portrayed as an out of nowhere political o
i said here is something all of us should unite on and that is education, even if i don't agree with all of his policies. i wish that americans would have had the same respect, all of them, for president obama today, or who ever the president is when it comes to educating our children. >> reverend al house, do we turn this thinking around? >> i think we have got to confront it. i think we have got to expose it like you do every night. i think that real americans need to come together. that's why i'm working with you and others on 10/2/10 in washington. one of the things we have in common is that all of our children are not getting access to a good public education. and that's where we can say, republican, democrats, independents should put their politics at the door of the school and go inside and unite around these kids. >> we will see you at the march october 2nd. i appreciate you being a part of it. we are look forward to it. >> thank you. >>> let's bring in katrina vanden heuvel, editor of the nation. thanks for your time tonight. >> thank you, ed. >> the message to young pe
on colbert. how about that? >> good morning. on the set with us this thursday morning, national political correspondent for new york magazine john heilemann. >> hi. >> who is the author of "game change." let me just say he feels like talking this morning. >> he does. >> okay? and then we have got msnbc political analyst harold ford jr. who is the author of owner more daves than goliaths." you had a party last night. >> look at the flowers harold brought. >> it was two nights ago. those are the ones from digger. >> those are from a grave. that's right. did you ever try that? >> huh-uh. >> what digger does? he takes flowers off of graves and gives them to girls. >> my family is in the funeral business. we would call that bad form. >> maybe just a tad bit. >> that's how he got dates in college. he said he would get flowers from the funeralhome. >> okay. it's not right. >> bless his hard. >> also with us in washington msnbc political analyst pat buchanan. >> patrick! >> good morning. >> happy fall. how are you doing? >> doing just fine. >> the pat is back. >> the pat is back. >> i've missed h
, whether they were delivering a message from somewhere within the u.s. government. as i stand here right now and step out of the way and zoom down and look at the front of the church here, there's an association of pastors who have come to this area to try to meet with the minister to tell him that they believe he is wrong. that as you noted as secretary gates says this is putting americans in uniform in jeopardy, but also the pastors are concerned about missionaries and churches that have opened in countries that have freedom innocently large muslim populations. their concern, of course, is this will incite people to attack those missionaries or their churches, and that the violence will spread if there is violence. in the meantime, in an interview that i did with the pastor, i talked to him about what he thought was the most important part of why he was doing this, why burn the koran? he said he's trying to send a message to the extremists in the islamic religion who use the koran against the united states. who want to establish what is known as sharia law. you'll hear about how much h
in and keeping us up to date and we are keeping our eye on the situation. when we get details, we will pass them along. we have another breaking news story from mexico. hundreds of families may be dead because of this hillside collapse that happened there. it was a landslide that happened in the region of mexico, the southern part of the country, closer to guatemala. after days of rain, a landslide buried between 100 and 300 homes, as many as 1,000 people could be dead. rescuers meantime having challenges even getting to the area. the weather channel's alex wal sas in atlanta. me a little bit about the weather conditions and how it might hamper the rescue effort. >> we are talking about an area here that is very, very hilly. remember we just had a tropical cyclone matthew that moved through. matthew, remnants are hanging around and the moisture is still around for us. all the moisture is rolling into the hilly terrain in mexico, southern portions of mexico. as that happens, the moisture begins to rise even more with the terrain and all that rising with warm moist air. gets a chance to precipitat
. >> again, thank you for telling the world about kyler and us, too. >> thank you so much for having me. >> that's september 7th the 2,786th day since president bush declared mission in iraq. and the 141st day of the deepwater horizon disaster in the gulf. i'm keith olbermann. good night and good luck. and now to discuss why republicans aren't endorsing other republicans ladies and gentlemen here is rachel maddow. good evening. >>> thank you. and thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. happy day after labor day, everybody. as the day after labor day, today is officially two things. it is the first day on which it is no longer okay to wear white. i'm talking to you. yes, i can see you. it's also this. >> unofficial end of summer means the 2010 campaign season is now in full swing. >> campaign season kicking into high gear today with the arrival of labor day. >> labor day typically marks the unofficial kickoff of the mid-term campaign season. >> labor day of course signals the official start of the campaign season. >> welcome to the beginning of the fall campaign seas
all of us and we hated him. again, it was so ugly. but, i always think -- you talk about james madison's vision for how it's supposed to work. even when you have people going like this, or maybe because you have people going like this, balanced the budget four years in a row, first time since the 1920s. welfare reform, two successful military campaigns, 22 million new jobs. a lot of different things. so yesterday the idea of the interview was we were going to figure out if bill clinton were president, what would he do to get this economy started? i would suggest the most important thing to talk about and, of course, he didn't disappoint, did he? >> no, he didn't. >> brilliant responses. and yet the rest of the day we were savaged. i was savaged with why didn't you bring up monica? why didn't you bring up impeachment. and then the left, why were you so critical of barack obama? which i wasn't. but does this none, jon meacham suggest what's wrong with this country? everybody, all the adults at least are focussed on how do we get the economy started again. how do we grow jobs. these harsh
reports are that the first suspect was using an automatic weapon. >> yeah, that initial report, thomas, now, again, we don't have that from law enforcement. so t could be anywhere from what you and i know to be a semiautomatic pistol all the way up to something like an automatic rifle, for example, an ak-47. we just don't know right now. what we do know is that this first individual, evidentally was making some kind of statement first by firing these rounds and, unfortunately, we said he fired them in the area, didn't shoot at anyone in particular but he turned the weapon on himself and killed himself. this second person he was allegedly seen with was that a friend or just another student or could that be another gunman? well, on that campus they just can't take the chance. right now you have this major search going on and you've got 50,000 students plus faculty and staff either hunkered down, locking themselves in place or being told to stay away from campus until this is resolved. >> clint, we'll ask you to stick with us throughout the hour as we get more information on this breaking
. he's with us tonight. and we have p.j. o'rourke, a good name to have when you're broadcasting from the emerald island. his book is called "don't vote." is he cheering against the democrats? finally let me finish with a need to get in the car and drive. all that's ahead, but first let's check the "hardball" scoreboards. the latest polls in the tight races around the country. we'll start with the connecticut senate race, where dick blumenthal leads linda mcmahon by just three points. joe sestak is now within five points of toomey. in missouri, a poll by has robin carnahan within striking distance of republican roy blunt. but in new hampshire it's republican ayotte with a 14-point lead over democrat hodes. we'll continue to check the hardball scoreboard each night. >>> joining me is josh marshall, founder and editor of "talking points memo" and joan walsh of salon. let me start with you, josh. this new appeal by the president, the vice president, speaking of talking points, they seem to have them. buck up. >> you know, they're in a tough position. they have to get their base out. fran
, with parents and teachers. >> wow. what does that mean? michelle rhee joins us live this hour. >>> the latest on the american hiker just freed from iranian prison and pleaing for the release of her fiancee and friend still jailed in teheran. good afternoon, everyone. andrea mill el is on assignment. primaries sending shock waves through the gop. an establishment pick has gone down in defeat. this time, the tea party candidate christine o'donnell coming out of nowhere to send congressman mike castle packing. the republicans' dream of retaking the senate may be gone, too. "the washington post" managing editor of postpolitics tonight come and also a msnbc contributor and jonathan alter is an analyst and national affairs columnist for "newsweek" magazine and author of "the promi promise." what a night in politics. unbelievable stuff. jonath jonathan, i spoke with the national senatorial committee chairman saying we are behind her, sending her the mass numb $42,000 from the committee. chairman cornyn sending her a check about his pac. what's this all disunity? [ inaudible ] chris, i can't hear jon
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's operated as his father's pawn. he's accusing him of conning us to elect him president. what do you make of newt, howard? >> i've been covering newt for many years. he's a bomb thrower. he's a guy who knows the weak point to attack. what's interesting to me here is he feels free to say anything at this point. it's a kind of free fire zone within the conservative movement. and newt, who's always trying tu say the most outrageous thing and that goes back many, many years, now has moved from saying outrageous things about the ethics of the house members in the democratic leadership 15, 18 years ago, to saying these thin about a man that newt himself has no evidence for what he's alleging here.te he really has absolutely none. his facts are wrong. as mr. weigepointed out on his page and i'm just really not surprised, but kind of depressed by it. >> david, you covered this kind of spiritual territory. ideological territory. he's accusing as basically a zombie. saying his father hated the british white guys. his son is kind of a zombie like figure. in fact governed by a ghost. this is the kind
on us just makes no sense to me. >> this is what i don't get, what do you mean by scapegoating? setting up a blame game situation assuming you're going to get beaten? >> i worry about that a bit. i'm not saying it flat-out. does it cross my mind? sure. i can't think of any other reason to do this. i don't know why you think a way to motivate people is to tell them they're wrong, ungrateful, irresponsible. so when my mind can't find a good political reason. i go to future political reasons. maybe that's it or maybe they're just angry and need to get it in check. >> i think the last one is probably true. human nature may be just ticked off at the left progressive left. let's look at the way the president is using the language. quote, in a new "rolling stone" interview, the president said -- quote the idea that we've got a lot of enthusiasm in the democratic people need to shake off this lethargy. people need to buck up. there's the phrase, josh. i would imagine it's a combination of joan says they're angry that the left has been hitting them hard, and they're trying to get them guilt ridd
. that will do it for us. "hardball's" up right now. >>> the eye of newt. let's play "hardball." good evening. going tribal. newt gingrich, the political salve jer says theresident of the united states is actually a zombie, animated by the ghost of his african father leading a kenyan quest. he said this is the stunning, most protective model. he called barack obama a con man who managed to trick america into electing him, quote -- that's what he said this ekend. i want to kno can weo any further down this suer of hate. isn't it enough to fight over taxes and spending and wars? do we have to attack the very americanness of the president, who brought this country such honor by his rise to office? plus, we heard john boehner say he would be willing toextend the bush tax cuts for the middle class. sounds like he's willing to compromise or maybedo luring democrats down a trap. also, the big political story may come out of delaware where a sarah palin-jim demint c conservative may be poised to score the biggest upset of the season. her win would be good news for the reblican party. and how meg whit
good anniversary, the day congress permanently established the u.s. peace corps. >>> let's start with bob woodward's book. andrea mitchell nbc news's chief correspondent and chuck todd is nbc's political director and chief white house correspondent. let me go to andrea first. andrea, let me read to you a quote from the book. this is something obama told his aides. "i think i have two years with the public on this. they'll stand by us for two years. that's my window." that seems to be a statement that politics plays a role in his thinking about how long to keep us in afghanistan. >> i think the politics does play a role but that is a commander in chief and a president who is trying to understand what leeway he has. i think it is defensible. i have talked to michael beschloss and others who say that this is someone trying to figure out what is tolerable by the american people. i think they can explain this and say this is exactly what he is doing. >> well, he's saying how much he can get away with in terms of keeping his troops there, because his base will depart from him otherwise
that's so horrified by her do in the general election? i love election years. that does it for us tonight. "hardball" is up next. good night. >>> the eye of newt. let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm chris matthews in boston. leading off tonight, going tribal. newt gingrich and the notorious political scavenger has drudged up his dirtiest shovel fall. the political strategist says the president of the united states is actually a zombie, animated by the ghost of his african father leading a kenyan quest against the white oppressors. the former speaker of the house said that this is the most stunning, most protective model. he called barack obama a con man who managed to trick america into electing him, quote -- what if obama is so outside of our comprehension that only if you understand kenyan, anti-colonial behavior can you begin to piece together his actions. that's what newt gingrich said this weekend. i want to know, can we go any further down this suer of hate. isn't it enough to fight over taxes and spending and wars? do we have to attack the very americanness of the pres
and the tea part easier have been using against them. that means going negative. it means brutally honest, devastatingly negative ads. as one strategist put it, anyone who spends money on a positive ad may as well get give money to charity. the democrats are finally getting tough. and that's our top story tonight. >>> plus, what scares you? what's to fear if the republicans grab control of the congress? a push to starve the health care bill? another government shutdown in order to shift spending power to the congress? a relentless campaign to take down president obama. listen tonight to what the republicans themselves are offering up. >> also, we got a glimmer of good economic news this morning. the jobless rate ticked up a tenth of a point to 9.6%. 9.6. and 54,000 jobs were lost overall because of the temporary census bureau jobs coming to an end. but the private sector added 67,000 new jobs, higher than expected. that offers hope that things are getting better in the real economic world out there. still some democrats are quite worried about ending bush tax cuts for even the top bracket
went and sat down with him. and he tried to convince us how we needed to get behind the party. and how we needed to get behind a candidate that was electable. what i really want to do is tell you folks how to work with a candidate and how to get things done. and i said, sir, with all due respect, no one is going to tell us how to take care of business. >> we're not going to do what you say anymore, carl. this morning it was limbaugh's turn to freak out. >> i've never heard karl so animated against a democrat as he was against christine o'donnell last night. you want to talk about christine o'donnell's baggage? where is this criticism of democrats? where has it been? if 51 seats was really the objective, if getting that majority is really that important, then lets go balls to the wall for christine o'donnell. >> happy thoughts, happy thoughts, happy thoughts. this morning, christine o'donnell swung back at rove and turned to the unsmooth unfactual word to refudiate rove's charges. >> everything he's saying is unfactual, and it's a shame because he's the same so-called political guru tha
that either of us made 20 or 30 years ago. >> all of this interest can be measured in fund-raising. o'donnell's campaign says online they've raised more than $1 million since her primary win. it's also going to drive interest to chris coons' campaign. vice president biden appears with him in delaware. it's a big race. we're watching it and a lot more to talk about. >> kelly o'donnell reporting there. >>> and president obama is sidestepping a potentially ugly fight over his newly created watchdog group. they wanted elizabeth warren to head the consumer national protection bureau but republicans suggested they would block that nomination over her tough views on regulation. so instead, the president will make warren a special assistant overseeing the agency's creation. the president's official announce monies happens next hour. we're watch for that. >>> fierce rain and hurricane-force winds killed one person. the storm toppled trees ripped roofs off homes and knocked out of power. youtube video aiken off a rooftop. and the ominous scene off the statue of liberty. you can see the violent
.c. live with us this morning with the latest. good morning to you, tracie. >> veronica, good morning. what you'll see this morning will take on a distinct campaign trail feel, designed to use what worked for them two years ago during the presidential campaign, the president swinging through states to energize young voters and to sell his economic plan. part of that plan was helping small businesses. we saw that as he signed the small business bill into law yesterday, creating a $30 billion fund to give them more money to free up money for these businesses to expand and hire workers. today, president obama takes his message to albuquerque, new mexico, where he'll continue a series of backyard meetings with voters and have a big rally at the university of wisconsin later on tonight. as we get closer to the election, we're seeing the administration get much more aggressive in tone and message, vice president biden saying stop whining and look for alternatives out there. president obama calling pledge to america irresponsible. today, we'll find out what voters think consumer confidence numbers
association with tea party candidates and in part because she was such a surprise winner and tell us a little bit about what you think about her and what the buzz is there about her. >> well, i think there's another part to it and that is that she was attacked by republicans. the republican establishment and i think when you put all of that into the mix, that has raised her profile beyond anything that it would have been on its own. the fact that she upset a 40-year political veteran who was a liberal republican and that the establishment had backed him and then when she wins, they get mad and attack her. so, that makes the mix, given this tea party background of kind of anti-incumbent, it's a pretty powerful mix. >> and i'm also interested because the first thing you said is that she was attacked by the party establishment. we heard it from the state gop chairman, we heard it from karl rove who called her nutty and it does sort of point to what is seen as this great divide within the republican party and a lot of people questioning whether that's going to serve conservative views long term.
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